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CROWN OF INDIA Yard No 62 Ramage-Ferguson
CROWN OF INDIA Yard No 62 built in 1886
Owners    Robertson Cruickshanks Co, Liverpool
Registered    Liverpool Keel Laid    
Type of Ship   BARQUE (4 Masts) Launched    Sept 1885
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.     Weather    
Beam     Time to Water    
Depth Moulded            
G.R.T.    2,056 tons      
Engines    N/A      
Props    N/A      
Speed    Weather dependent      
Other known names        
Current Status    Sunk by a German Submarine in 1915    
Content on CROWN OF INDIA will be added as and when available. 

A common sight in the harbours of the world circa late 18th century

a real forrest of sails and masts.

Ships History
CROWN OF INDIA was another fine ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Ramage & Fergusons Shipbuilders, some of the finest looking ships ever built came from the shipyard at Leith.
This magnificent 4 masted Barque must have been quite a sight to see launched into the water at Leith for the first time before being fitted out prior to hand over to her new owners. 
She was owned by another couple of Liverpool owners during her working life and it was mid summer during World War One when she set sail on another voyage from the Welsh port of Barry, this one with a cargo of around 3,000 tons of coal onboard, her 23 man crew had got her safetly into the St George channel and she was set for the voyage to  Pernambuco, with the winds being light she was not making much way when a German U-Boat (U-35) surfaced and began to fire on the unarmed ship, the crew managed to get of the ship while the German U-Boat continued to fire on the ship from around half a mile away.
The sailing ship sank within half an hour and as the crew headed for what they thought might be safety in the shape of another Barque around three miles away, the brave crew of the U-Boat turned there attention to this unarmed ship as well. Norwegian barque Bellglade was sunk as well and then a small Drifter came onto the scene and the "Brave" U-Boat crew thinking this small drifter was a patrol vessel dived and hid away under the sea.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.
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